One of four turnovers for Oklahoma State proved to be the dagger that Baylor needed to close out the game.
After putting together a 76-yard drive while down four, freshman Justice Hill fumbled on the 2-yard line. This possession was all Baylor quarterback Seth Russell needed to go 99 yards on nine plays and put the Bears up 35-24 late in the fourth quarter and was all they needed.
The game had a crazy start with a one hour and 20 minute lightning delay in the first quarter. After the delay, OSU came out on offense but was stopped before reaching the 50. Then Punter Zach Sinor, Big 12 special teams player of the week for week 3, punts the ball inside 10-yd line. Baylor returner Tony Nicholson catches it and tries to return it but fumbles and Oklahoma State deep snapper Tanner Morgan recovers it. One Justice Hill run later and the game was tied 7-7.
Turnovers continued in the first quarter with Mason Rudolph fumbling and OSU intercepting a tipped passed from Seth Russell.
Craziness continued when Baylor WR Ishmael Zamora scored after catching a ball that went through WR Lynx Hawthorne’s hands.
After last weeks win over Pittsburgh, Gundy said OSU abandoned the run too early; it was obvious that Oklahoma State wasn’t going to let that happen again. In the first half, Oklahoma State had 26 rushing attempts compared to its 14 passing. One of those rushes being a 3-yard Rennie Childs touchdown. The Cowboys ended with 52 carries for 208 yards and 40 passing attempts for 243 yards.
Because of the methodical rushing attack, the Cowboys would control the time of possession with 39:04. OSU had four drives of 10 or more plays.
The slow drives didn’t bother the Baylor offense because Seth Russell would lead them on quick strikes, like a four play, 54 yard drive or a two play, 89 yard drive.
The Cowboy defense flexed its muscles late in the third quarter to stop Baylor on 3rd and 2 and 4th and 1 to give Rudolph and the offense a great opportunity to take its first lead in the game. After a loss of five and a sack losing eight, Rudolph took off for a 23-yard run to get a first down at the Baylor 12. Then on another third and long, Rudolph ran for 12 falling short of the first down. Head coach Mike Gundy took a chance and ran the ball up the middle but RB Rennie Childs couldn’t get the crucial two yards.